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Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources

Class Details

Join me for a self-paced course on nutrition information resources available through government resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

This course contains two one-hour presentations, the first will cover introductory topics:
- Glossaries for defining nutrition terms
- Food and nutrition resources in MedlinePlus
- USDA (ChooseMyPlate,,, dietary guidelines, games and activities for the K-12 population, and more!)
- FDA (nutrition facts labels, Drugs@FDA, dietary supplements, food labeling guidance, food science curriculum resources, FDA case studies, and more!)
- CDC (healthy living resources, food environments, food safety, nutrition data & statistics, and more!)

And the second will cover more advanced topics:
- Strategies for searching PubMed for nutrition topics
- Introduction to preformulated search strategies on nutrition topics
- Nutrition Evidence Library, a collection of systematic reviews on nutrition topics
- Strategies for searching PubAg for nutrition topics

Students will complete two exercises using resources presented in the course and have access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide. Each of the two presentations will be recorded and offered within the learning management software to allow students to take the course at a time that best suits their schedule.

Audience: health professionals, public librarians, K-12 educators, health sciences librarians, members of the public

Level: Beginner

This course provides 4.0 contact hours of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Nov 6, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017
Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Director
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified. This class has been adapted to be taught in-person and online, ranging from a 1-hour online class to a 4-hour in-person class. Please see individual class instances in order to determine class length and mode of delivery.


At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship of the topic of nutrition to health outcomes, diseases, and conditions.
  • Gain a basic understanding of nutrition vocabulary and identify sources for definitions of relevant terms.
  • Identify important Internet sites for locating nutrition information.
  • Identify additional resources which provide print resources on nutrition topics.

Course Materials


Course Developer

Kay Deeney, Education & Outreach Librarian, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region